Google just sent out invites for “some tasty new treats and much s’more” Tuesday, September 29th at 9am PT in San Francisco. It didn’t say what will be revealed but based on the timing, we’re thinking Android Marshmallow release, plus new hardware in the Nexus and a redesigned Chromecast are on the way.
It’s been rumored since last spring that not one, but two Nexus phones might be on the way – one from LG, and another from Chinese phone-maker Huawei. The two new Android smartphones could be called the Nexus 5X and and Nexus 6P and will be manufactured by LG and Huawaei, respectively, according to a recent report.
The Nexus brand has proved popular in the past because it runs with a pure form of Android and is optimized for Google’s mobile software, while devices are also usually fairly inexpensive, but Google doesn’t manufacture the phones itself.
LG previously created the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 phones, but Huawei — a growing force in the global smartphone race — hasn’t ever worked on the project. It’s speculated that LG is working on a regular sized smartphone, with Huawei contracted to develop a larger handset.
If true, that would be an interesting development that fits with trends in the market. Both Samsung — Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus — and Apple — iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus — have released ‘little’ and ‘large’ devices to suit different tastes, and it seems like a strategy that others are embracing too.
That might not be all, however, since another recent report suggests that Google may also unveil a redesigned Chromecast, which is also due for an update. Leaked documents detailing plans for a new streaming dongle indicate the company has plans to show off the device alongside a pair of phones.
Of course, Google could also have a few surprises up its sleeve so we won’t know full details until the event, which will also be live streamed on YouTube. We will also be reporting all the news so stay tuned for more details.